Canary-yellow clouds lingering over the Atlantic Ocean during a sunset served as the backdrop Thursday for the PARAMOUNT Pairings wine tasting at the PARAMOUNT Fort Lauderdale Beach Sales Office.
Buyers of the oceanfront residences in the 95-unit, 18-story tower under construction enjoyed a cocktail featuring charcuterie, cheeses, cornichons and crackers with fig jam and honey.
The group of about 40 then sat on clear Chiavari chairs at blue-clothed tables adorned with white hydrangeas to taste six wines from various regions around the globe paired with different cheeses.
Sommelier Andrew Lampasone, owner of Wine Watch boutique in Fort Lauderdale, expertly explained the intricacies of each wine’s fermentation.
Graphite, grapefruit and green fig notes of 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from Mulderbosch Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa, accompanied mild, creamy goat cheese.
Oak, lemon and mineral characteristics of 2011 Bear Point Chardonnay from Stonestreet Estate Vineyards in Sonoma County, California, jibed with earthy triple cream Brie.
Cherry, black currant and licorice accents of 2011 Barolo San Rocco of Azelia di Luigi Scavino from Piedmonte, Italy, complemented crumbly, nutty Parmigiano Reggiano.
Black raspberry, coffee, fennel and plum flavors in 2009 Saint-Emilion from Chateau Grand Mayne in Bourdeaux, France, meshed with sweet Gouda.
Truffle, cherry and incense hints in 2005 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial from Marques de Murrieta Estates & Wines in La Rioja, Spain, matched with tangy Manchego.
Blueberry, bay leaf and cocoa shades of 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Vine Cliff Winery in Napa Valley, California, dovetailed with sharp aged cheddar.